Photographing Strangers on the Street: Candid & Posed

If you’re compelled to take people’s portraits on the street, but you don’t know how to go about it, or it intimidates you, or you just want to deepen your experience taking pictures of strangers, come to this event. Brooklyn-based street portrait photographer Amy Touchette discusses the various methodologies used by street photographers throughout the history of photography, practical aspects of photographing strangers (model releases, equipment, technical considerations, etc.), and the psychology behind getting the portrait you envision, including how and why to embrace fear, the role the mind-body connection plays, how to gain strangers’ trust (quickly), what to do when things take a turn for the worst, and how making street portraiture gets you in the habit of rising to challenges in healthy, honest, and productive ways.


Amy Touchette explores themes of social connectedness through street photography. Trained at the International Center of Photography, her first monograph, Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*, was published by Un-Gyve Press. Her photographs have been published in The New York Times, the New York Observer, BuzzFeed, and BUST magazine, and have exhibited at the Hamburg Triennial of Photography, MoMA-Moscow, and Leica Gallery-Warsaw. She is represented by ClampArt in New York City.

For a look at her candid, un-posed portraits of strangers (made with her iPhone), follow amy_touchette on Instagram.

To view her posed, formal portraits of strangers (made with her Rolleiflex), go to